The post this weekend won’t exactly be that long, and it doesn’t really need to be. I made a trip out to Santa Clara, California, just outside of San Jose. I normally don’t travel to cover anime conventions for my side job — at least to those that aren’t within driving distance. But I had the opportunity to interview someone very important in the anime industry: the CEO of Crunchyroll, the largest anime streaming service in the world. Though that isn’t the subject of this post.
I landed at San Jose Airport Friday at 3:30 (6:30 Eastern time) then worked a long afternoon covering panels and photographing cosplayers. I found by the time I was done it was 11 Eastern time and I was exhausted. The hotel bar and lounge area was filled with convention-goers. Then saw these three in costume sitting at the bar in adult onesies, I decided almost immediately that I needed to take a picture. The three costumed gentleman in their early 20s had already had several drinks. I introduced myself and handed them some buttons with our logo and they gladly posed for the pictures.
It didn’t take long for them to offer me a drink, actually a shot. I really don’t drink a lot and definitely don’t do shots. We talked anime and about what they’d seen at the convention. When it was time to offer the toast with our shots of Jameson’s, the honor went to me. The only thing I could think to say that was even remotely appropriate was to quote the Barenaked Ladies. I said, “gentlemen, ‘to the boom anime babes that make me think the wrong thing!‘” We clinked our plastic shot glasses together and I downed my double shot of Jamison’s. I hung out for a few more moments before realizing how late my internal clock was reading, saying my goodbyes and heading up to my room to collapse. Just one of those stranger things that tend to happen when you’re covering an anime conference!